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A memorable family gathering

Published 8:36pm Monday, January 20, 2014

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of going to a family get together that feels like it was years in the making.

Truly it was nothing too special, just a bunch of family members joining together to watch the NFL playoffs and enjoy Sunday dinner at our house in Mobile.

What made the day unique though is that it was the first time my brother and my two other cousins, who have been as close as brothers to us for all our lives, were all in the same place for what seems like the first time in two years.

My brother lives far away from Mobile, spending most of the year working in Kansas City, Mo. And while my two cousins still live in Mobile, I rarely see them during my brief stays in the Port City after the four-hour trek down I-65.

The weekend went like just about every other family gathering – there were laughs, conversations, great food, sports debates and yes, there were even some heated arguments.

But no matter how much yelling there was, or disappointment after pointless wagers were made on who would win out of the Seahawks and 49ers (we bet in the form of pushups, to give you an idea), at the end of the day, everyone shared their love for each other, said goodbye and went their separate ways.

Like I said, no different than any other family get together, but this past weekend will remain stuck in my mind for a while because of the little moments and how far we’ve all come.

I’m 26 years old, yet I can still vividly remember the days when my cousins and brother (all of whom are in their early 20s), were toddling around the house in diapers and could barely able to put together a sentence.

Now?

Each of us works for a living, basically independent, yet still knowing we can count on family whenever the need arises.

I’ll cherish the little moments from this weekend because despite the fact that we rarely are all in the same place and all have grown-up to lives of our own, I know that no matter where we go, we’ll always be able to connect and enjoy laughs just as if we were still little kids.

And that’s a huge part of what family is about, knowing you always have each other, no matter what life gives you.

Hudson is a staff writer for The Outlook.

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